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The Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project works to collect, curate, and share materials from Palmyra's history, starting with its first recorded discovery in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2000. Learn more about PADA and our passion for Palmyra's history, by visiting our website, at PalmyraArchive.org


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These photos were purchased by the archive from a private collector, and belonged to retired USMC Corporal Stanley P. Tierney. He served in the Marines from 1941 to 1945, and was sent to Palmyra in 1941 as part of the 1st Marine Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force. The photos were taken by or on behalf of Tierney, and show he and his fellow Marines enjoying the atoll. Tierney would go on to serve as a Corporal in the 6th Marine Division, 6th Tank Company, fighting on Guadalcanal and Okinawa....
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From early 1940 to late 1941, the Pacific Naval Air Bases (PNAB) Contractors crews, worked on several key locations in the Pacific, turning them into functional Naval outposts for the US Military. These photos, taken throughout 1940, show the various contruction activities undertaken at the Palmyra Atoll. These included, among other things, the creation and expansion of a channel connecting its Western lagoon to the ocean, the doubling of usable land area (from 350 to 650 acres) and...
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From 1940 to 1947, the US Navy illegally claimed ownership of Palmyra, quickly establishing a base of operations and beginning a series of massive construction projects. Its legal owners, the Fullard-Leo family of Hawaii, spent the whole of that time (and much of their financial resources) suing to restore their ownership. Finally, in 1947, they won their court case and control of Palmyra was returned to them. Shortly after, representatives, including oldest son Leslie, visited to asses the...
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In 1979, a small group of scientists and US officials, flew to Palmyra on a classified mission to asses the feasibility of storing nuclear waste on the atoll. The group encountered difficulties with their aircraft along the way, and despite efforts to maintain secrecy, the press (and Palmyra's owners) found out about the trip. Ultimately, the plan was deemed too dangerous and plans abandoned. These photos, taken by Dr. James Maragos, are the only known visual record of the visit. This material...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in June of 1979.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can...
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In January of 1942, photos of Palmyra were taken and sent to PRISIC (Photographic Reconnaissance and Interpretation Section, Intelligence Center) for analysis of the Navy's construction progress, focusing on the communication facilities. Many thanks to the Special Collections team at the University of Miami Library, for finding and sharing these photos, which are part of their Pan-American Airways collection. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive...
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These photos were taken by Naval Photographer Harry Setzer during May and June of 1944, while he was visiting Palmyra on his tour through the Pacific with USN Scouting Squadron VS-47. It features several very rare photos of actress Helen Tablot during her Pacific USO tour. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Sgt. James J. Kee
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These photos were obtained from the personal collection of Sgt James J Kee of the Marine Scout Bombing Squadron, VMSB-133. They were likely taken in September of 1943, and are unofficial in capacity, showing activities the squadron members were involved in during their time on the atoll. There are also a number of excellent images showing the types of aircraft that commonly landed on Palmyra. The names of the men in the title image, showing the squadron during rifle practice on the beach, are...
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This photo collection features world renowned sailor Bernard Moitessier, and a group of French yachties, on the Palmyra Atoll sometime in 1984. Moitessier was known to have occasionally visited Palmyra. Based on other biographical material, this visit was likely a stopover on his way to Tahiti from Hawaii. In several of the photos you can see what should be his boat, the Tamata. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection...
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James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on Palmyra during World War 2, from 1942 to 1944. After the war, James saved many of his film negatives, taking them back home for safe keeping. In 2017, his son contacted us and donated this collection of photographs, which we've digitized and catalogued here. This rare and intimate collection includes a variety of candid shots, showing crews repairing machines, cooking, posing for profile pictures as individuals and platoons, and...
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In 1987, Dr. James Maragos assisted the Army Corps of Engineers in surveying Palmyra for a long overdue cleanup project, to remove materials left from the World War 2 Naval occupation. Dr. Maragos used the opportunity to photograph the atoll, especially its reefs and sea life. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until...
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by Roger Lextrait
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From 1992 to 1999, Roger Lextrait was the caretaker of the Palmyra Atoll. These photos show Roger at various times during that period. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in 1957.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in 1966.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in June of 1979.  The photograph notes mention David Beatty's Wild Spirit, though we're not sure what its in reference to.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra,...
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In 1980, family members of employees for the Civil Aeronautics Authority (forerunner to the FAA), who had lived and worked on Palmyra in the late 1940s, reunited on the atoll. They spent time walking the islands and exploring the much delapadated buildings and facilities their colony had occupied. These photos and other items from the CAA colony were donated to our archive by Eugene Norton, who, as a young child, lived on Palmyra with his family. This material was scanned and catalogued as part...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Officers for the USS Portsmouth
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A detailed hydrographic map of Palmyra Island (Atoll), created from information gathered by the crew of the USS Portsmouth during their visit to Palmyra in 1873. This was the standard nautical chart used for navigating the waters in and around Palmyra, well into the early 1900s. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798,...
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by Richard Gillespie
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In 1998, TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) sent a team to Kanton Island, as part of their research into possible alternative explanations for the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. The photos in this collection are from their stopover on the Palmyra Atoll, where they refueled and toured the islets with the caretaker at the time, Roger Lextrait. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of...
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Photo captions: 1: Naval Air Station, Palmyra Island looking west. Photos 14 to 18 form a set of obliques taken at about 1420, November 13, 1941. Altitude 1000 feet; Focal length 8.25 inches. (Palmyra NAS is located on Cooper Island.) 2: Naval Air Station, Palmyra Island.  Looking North.  Part of landing field in foreground, two barracks and mess hall on North side of island. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Roy William Neill
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All scenes from the feature film Pursuit to Algiers, which feature actor Leslie Vicnent aka Leslie Fullard-Leo. Leslie was the eldest son of the Fullard-Leo family, who owned Palmyra from 1920, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2000. He retired from acting in 1947 to help manage his families ongoing legal battle against the US government for ownership of Palmyra. Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
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These photos were taken by 1st Lt. John W. Bustard of the USMC 1st Defense Battalion between September of 1942 and July of 1943. They depict a variety of activities the Marines engaged in while serving on Palmyra. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with...
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Two part article from the September 1998 issue of Cruising World, showcasing two distinct views of Palmyra and both written by seasoned Pacific pleasure sailors. The first, written by Mark Smaalders, offers general sailing advice for anyone visiting Palmyra, along with highlights from staying on the atoll. The second, written by Carl Reller, describes a dramatic series of events around the ship Heart of Palm, which crashed on the outer reefs of Palmyra. Attempts to salvage it and its contents...
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Marine Corporal Roland Champagne lived and worked on the Palmyra Atoll from October of 1942 to October of 1943, serving primarily as a typist and clerk. These photos show daily life on Palmyra during the war. You can read an excerpt from Champagne's unpublished memoirs here or see his Palmyra drivers license here . This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in June of 1979.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can...
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In 1980, Undersea Resources, Ltd obtained a lease on the Palmyra Atoll, to farm shrimp in its lagoons. These photos come from the companies initial survey report, created to help potential investors envision what such a farm would look like, and how it would function. The images show existing buildings and equipment, largely left over from the WW2 Navy occupation, some refurbished for use at the time by a copra farming operation (the last in a long line of failed attempts to profit from...
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From early 1940 to late 1941, the Pacific Naval Air Bases (PNAB) Contractors crews, worked on several key locations in the Pacific, turning them into functional Naval outposts for the US Military. These photos, taken throughout 1941, show the various contruction activities undertaken at the Palmyra Atoll. These included, among other things, the creation and expansion of a channel connecting its Western lagoon to the ocean, the doubling of usable land area (from 350 to 650 acres) and...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in 1956.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect...
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by Otto Hornung
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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Photo Caption: A Navy communique received here reported "Palmyra Island was shelled by an enemy submarine", but it added that "there were no casualties." Palmyra lies almost as far south of Honolulu as Wake Island to the westward. This official US Navy photograph just released shows the raising of "Old Glory" on the island outpost of Uncle Sam in Mid-Pacific. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest...
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Australian adventurer Alby Mangels spent the early 1970's sailing around the Pacific in the world's oldest still sailing vessel, the Klaraborg. This documentary chronicles his trip, which stopped in Palmyra for several weeks. This video excerpt show footage from that visit. Fair warning, it features images any decent conservationist or nature lover will find disturbing, but is a valuable picture of Palmyra and how it was treated by visitors. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of...
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by Otto Hornung
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in the Spring of 1957.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in June of 1979.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can...
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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by Otto Hornung
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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by Otto Hornung
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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These photos were taken by members of the Fullard-Leo family during a visit to Palmyra in the Summer of 1971.  At the time the family owned all but 2 of the atoll's islets and would make regular visits to inspect their property. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You...
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by Betty Fullard-Leo
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This in-depth article on the Fullard-Leo families history with Palmyra, was first published in the January 1984 issue of Honolulu magazine. It features a wealth of information, annectdotes and photographs never before published, and was written by Betty Fullard-Leo, wife of Ainsley, son of the original owners. Special thanks to Honolulu Magazine, copyright owners of the article, for giving permission to share it as part of our archive. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the...
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by Otto Hornung
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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by Roland Champagne
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Marine Corporal Roland Champagne lived and worked on the Palmyra Atoll from October of 1942 to October of 1943, serving primarily as a typist and clerk, though he performed other duties, as described in this excerpt from his unpublished memoirs. This account gives an excellent picture of life on Palmyra during the war. You can view a collection of photographs taken by Champagne from his time on Palmyra here , or see his Palmyra's drivers license here . This material was scanned and catalogued...
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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by Roger Lextrait
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This chapter excerpt comes from the unpublished autobiography of French sailor Roger Lextrait. During Roger's time as manager of Palmyra Atoll, from 1992 to 1999, several articles were published by visiting sailors about an incident from 1998 involving a ship called the Heart of Palm. This account, written by Roger, covers the events in detail as he experienced them. Used by permission of the author, not to be reprinted without the expression permission of the author, Roger Lextrait. This...
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From 1992 to 1999, French sailor Roger Lextrait was the manager of the Palmyra Atoll. He ensured visiting ships and their crews respected the plants and animals, as well as caring for the land and helped facilitate various projects related to its cleanup and improvement. This video shows Roger touring the atoll and its features, describing his life there for the last 6 years. For the majority of his time on Palmyra he lived alone, and would often go months at a time without any visitors. Most...
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by Otto Hornung
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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This journal excerpt describes the voyage of the USS Portsmouth, as part of an ocean surveying expedition to map uncharted or little known islands in the Pacific. The crew visited the Palmyra Atoll for several days, and performed the first extensive survey of plant and animal life on its islands. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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This license was issued to Marine Corporal Roland Champagne, who lived and worked on the Palmyra Atoll from October of 1942 to October of 1943. The license allowed Champagne to make deliveries across the small atoll, and ease the monotony of his work. You can view a collection of photographs taken by Champagne from his time on Palmyra here , and read an excerpt from his unpublished memoirs here . This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the...
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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From 1992 to 1999, French sailor Roger Lextrait was the manager of the Palmyra Atoll.  He ensured visiting ships and their crews respected the plants and animals, as well as caring for the land and helped facilitate various projects related to its cleanup and improvement. This video shows Roger touring the atoll and its features, describing his life there for the last 6 years.  For the majority of his time on Palmyra he lived alone, and would often go months at a time without any visitors. ...
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Phone interview of Rusty Epps by Jesse W Johnson, Curator of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive. Rusty is an amateur radio operator who was part of, and led, several DXpeditions to Palmyra. They discuss details of his trips, other persons of interest, and various topics related to the island. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In 1943, American artist Paul Sample toured the Pacific Theatre, sketching and painting the activities of soldiers. Many of these works were published as part of a Life Magazine article the following year. This painting, not included in the previously mentioned publication, was donated by Sample to Dartmouth College, and currently resides in the Hood Museum of Art collections. Special thanks to the staff of the HMA, for providing this photo of the painting, and allowing us to present it here in...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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This heartfelt letter was written by Mrs. Idella Meng, who lived and worked on Palmyra with her husband, from 1920 to 1921. She sent it from her home in Santa Barbara, California, and gives a detailed recollection of her time spent on the atoll 20 years earlier, asking for information on the current state of Palmyra. The letter ends with a note from CO Gordon Rowe, its original recipient, instructing service members and civilians on Palmyra not to respond. However, he does add the letter would...
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A detailed report of the United States Army's presence on Palmyra Island (Atoll) during World War 2, starting in 1943. Special attention is given to the number of stationed personell, their rank and file, as well as specific weapons installations, and the conditions of the Atoll. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798,...
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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Article published in the May, 1982 edition of 73 Magazine, a long running amateur radio publication. The article tells the story of the Kingman/Palmyra trip and features several photographs from the base of operations on Palmyra. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You...
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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by Constance Bennett
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All scenes from the feature film Paris Underground (Lady Pimpernel), which feature actor Leslie Vincent aka Leslie Fullard-Leo. Leslie was the eldest son of the Fullard-Leo family, who owned Palmyra from 1920, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. He retired from acting in 1947 to help manage his families ongoing legal battle against the US government for ownership of Palmyra. Synopsis: Based on the true story of Etta Shiber. Two women wishing to visit the French countryside during...
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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This collection of photos was taken by 6th Weather Squadron members Gordon McCann and Chester "Chet" Wilcox, while stationed on the Palmyra Atoll, to observe the results of the Operation Dominic atomic tests. Wilcox secretly smuggled a camera on and off the atoll with, and captured these images. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by visiting our website, PalmyraArchive.org .
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Photo Caption: "Palmyra Island - The Navy department in Washington said January 5th that personnel on Palmyra Island had radioed that the island was being abandoned because of a terrific storm, but later advised that flood waters were receding and they were “returning to duty.” It said the tiny radio station first flashed an S.O.S. that the island was being covered by water from the storm that lashed the Hawaiian area during the last two days. Above is a view of the outpost, with the...
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From 1992 to 1999, French sailor Roger Lextrait was the manager of the Palmyra Atoll.  He ensured visiting ships and their crews respected the plants and animals, as well as caring for the land and helped facilitate various projects related to its cleanup and improvement. This video shows Roger touring the atoll and its features, and describing his life there.  For the majority of his 7 years on Palmyra he lived alone, and would often go months at a time without any visitors.  Most of the...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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This photo was taken in October of 1958, while Dawson was studying the relationship between algae and fish toxicity on the Palmyra Atoll, working primarily alongside scientists and faculty from the College of Medical Evangelists (now Loma Linda University). This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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